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Town of Otis Employment Application


Temporary Part-Time Maintenance Employee


The Town of Otis seeks applicants for temporary part-time position for weekends at the Otis Transfer Station and additional hours on the Maintenance department up to 32hrs total.  The position pays $15.00 per hour.  The term of employment is May 29, 2021 through Sep 06, 2021.

Applications are available by emailing or in the Selectmen’s Office at Otis Town Hall, One North Main Road, Otis, MA, (413) 269-0100 Ext 112.

For more information contact Jim Crandall, Maintenance Supervisor, at (413) 269-4873.

Position is open until filled.  The Town of Otis is an equal opportunity employer.


Position Title: Maintenance Employee/Transfer Station attendant


Statement of Duties:

Position is responsible to assist the Transfer station attendant in the operation of transfer station. Work includes inside and outside maintenance, painting, and grounds keeping with hand tools and power equipment.



Must be able to complete tasks independently work with minimal supervision. Reports to the transfer station attendant and Maintenance Supervisor.


Job environment:

Work is performed under shop and varying field conditions, with exposure to variable weather conditions and periodic exposure to personal injury.


Makes frequent contact with the public and other Town departments.


Operates a variety of special motor equipment such as trash compactors, mowers and weed whackers, hand and power tools.


Errors could result in not meeting schedules and objectives, monetary loss/ fines, building and equipment damage and/or adverse effect on public relationships.


Essential Functions:   

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude types of work that may be performed if work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Assist the general public in sorting house hold trash into the proper recycling containers

General interior and exterior maintenance

Painting of equipment

Mowing of grounds

Reports conditions needing attention, repairs, etc to the Supervisor.

Performs other duties as responsibilities necessitate or as assigned.


Physical Requirements:

Moderate physical effort required to perform duties. Occasional heavy lifting required.


Education and Experience:

High school graduate or equivalent.


Town of Otis

Principal Assessor


The Town of Otis is seeking qualified applicants to join our team as a full time (32hours/week) Principal Assessor. The Principal Assessor serves under the direction of the Board of Assessors and Selectboard while overseeing the Town’s assessing functions. This position serves as the primary staff member responsible for providing comprehensive administrative and technical duties, including customer service and office administration.

The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of Massachusetts General Laws related to municipal property assessment for tax purposes. The candidate should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and working knowledge of computerized appraisal systems programs and GIS applications. Willingness to be flexible, prioritize tasks, work independently, maintain detailed recordkeeping processes, provide excellent customer service skills, and maintain a professional demeanor in an environment with continually changing priorities are required.

Preferred qualifications include an associate’s degree in business administration or a related field; three to five years of successful work experience, including field work. Extensive knowledge of MA municipal real and personal property tax law, property assessment, and taxation techniques and practices. Minimum four years’ experience preferred in a municipal setting, a Massachusetts Accredited Assessor is preferred. Salary range $41,749-$58,456/Annual (DOQ).

Interested applicants should submit a resume and Town of Otis Employment Application to:

Brandi Page, Town Administrator, at

Job Description and Application available at

Position Title: Principal Assessor Grade Level: IV
Department Assessor Date:
Reports to: Board of Assessors, Board of Selectmen FLSA Status Exempt


Statement of Duties: The Principal Assessor is responsible for determining the full and fair cash value or all real and personal property for the purpose of levying a property and motor vehicle excise tax; meeting the Commissioner of Revenue’s re-certification requirements; setting the Town of Otis’s tax rate; processing abatements and exemptions; calculating new growth value and administering the Massachusetts General Laws relative to valuation. Employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.


Supervision Required:   Under the administrative direction of the Board of Assessors and the Board of Selectmen, the employee carries out duties and responsibilities in accordance with municipal policies and objectives as well as state and federal laws and/or regulations; the employee establishes short and long-range department and individual employee goals and objectives and performance standards; assumes direct accountability for department results. Consults with the Town Administrator or the Board of Assessors when clarification, interpretation or exception to municipal policy may be required. The employee is expected to attempt to resolve conflicts which arise and coordinate with others as necessary.


Supervisory Responsibility: The employee is accountable for the quality and quantity of work done by subordinates and     assures the accomplishment of the assigned work in the prescribed manner.  Plans, schedules and coordinates work operations to meet schedules, deadlines and priorities; establishes and revises work schedules to meet changes in workload or availability of manpower.


Confidentiality: The employee has regular access at the departmental level to a wide variety of confidential information, including official personnel records, client and department records in accordance with the State Public Records Law.


Accountability:  Duties include department level responsibility for technical processes, service delivery and fiscal responsibility for the department including staffing.  Consequences of errors, missed deadlines or poor judgment could severely jeopardize department operations, cause adverse public relations, personal injury, and extensive financial or legal repercussions to the Town.


Judgment: Guidelines only provide limited guidance for performing the work. They may be in the form of administrative or organizational policies, general principals, legislation or directives that pertain to the Assessor department. Extensive judgment and ingenuity are required to develop new or adapt existing methods and approaches for accomplishing objectives or to deal with new or unusual requirements within the limits of the guidelines or policies. The employee is recognized as the department’s authority in interpreting laws, determining how they should be applied, and in developing department operating policies and procedures.


Complexity: The work consists of the practical application of a variety of concepts, practices and specialized techniques relating to a professional or technical field. Assignments typically involve evaluation and interpretation of factors, conditions or unusual circumstances; inspecting, testing or evaluating compliance with established standards or criteria; gathering, analyzing and evaluating facts or data using specialized fact finding techniques; or determining the methods to accomplish the work.


Work Environment:  The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of a municipal office setting with regular exposure to outside elements when visiting clients of the department. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours to attend evening meetings.


Nature and Purpose of Public Contact:  Relationships are constantly with co-workers, the public, groups and/or individuals such as the Board of Assessors, civic leaders, representatives from other organizations such as the State Department of Revenue or professional organizations, and the news media. The employee serves as a spokesperson or recognized authority of the Assessing department in matters of substance or considerable importance. The employee deals with the public and other individuals on behalf of the department in order to communicate departmental operating practices, procedures, regulations and/or guidelines.


Occupational Risk:  Duties of the job present little potential for injury. Risk exposure is similar to that found in a municipal office setting.  The employee is exposed to occupational risks when conducting field inspections at construction sites or over rough terrain.


Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


  1. Responsible for the enforcement of the mandates of the Mass General Laws regarding the valuation of real estate, personal property and excise taxation.
  2. Directs and oversees all phases of the appraisal, assessment and proper classification of all real and personal property (recertification and interim year adjustments), sales analysis, land residual analysis, income and expense analysis, indicated adjustment, value generation and testing, working with DOR field advisor; physically inspects, measures, and lists all residential, commercial, industrial and personal property for the Town.
  3. Arrives at and assesses a value of all personal property for businesses and second homeowners that is used to generate a tax bill for every account in the Town.
  4. Oversees the work of all vendors doing business with the department and negotiates contracts for same.
  5. Prepares all necessary documents and valuation reports as required by the Department of Revenue (DOR) for the establishment of the town’s tax rate – Recapitulation.
  6. Prepares and maintains all necessary documents for the Board of Assessors for cases related to the State Appellate Tax Board. Represents the Town to defend values at hearings with the Appellate Tax Board.
  7. Schedules classification hearing meets with the Board of Selectmen, State Bureau of Accounts to obtain approval of the Town’s tax rate.
  8. Tracks all valuation changes and new growth and submits a report to the DOR.
  9. Reviews requests for tax abatements and tax exemptions, hardship and chapter land applications with the Board of Assessors.
  10. Maintains tax bill file, file conversion and uploads data in to the department’s software system.
  11. Provides commitments to the Town Collector/Treasurer for real and personal property taxes, betterments, liens and fees to go on tax bills, revised or omitted assessments, senior work-off abatements, betterment payoffs and motor vehicle excise taxes and supplemental taxes.
  12. Conducts on-site inspections of all new construction projects; measures and lists all construction and renovations that occur in the Town.
  13. Prepares and administers the department’s operating budget.
  14. Reviews state-owned land values on an annual basis and reviews equalized valuations and appeals if necessary.
  15. Negotiates payment in lieu of tax.
  16. Conducts research on property deeds as necessary.
  17. Prepares lien and release liens for chapter land and deferrals.
  18. Maintains records of abatement and exemptions showing funds that remain in the Town’s Overlay accounts.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications:


Education and Experience: Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance or a related field; three to five (3-5) years of related work experience preferably in the field of real and personal property appraisal/valuation, supplemented by training and experience in real estate appraisal preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Special Requirements:  Certification or working toward certification as Massachusetts Accredited Assessor within four (4) years of appointment. Valid Class D Motor Vehicle Driver’s License.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill


Knowledge:  Comprehensive knowledge of Massachusetts municipal real and personal property tax laws including various kinds of tax relief; familiarity with property assessment and taxation techniques and practices using computer assisted mass appraisal (CAMA) programs and GIS applications. Working knowledge of the Internet and office software (i.e. word processing, database management and spread sheet applications), as well as other software technology in support of department operations. Extensive knowledge of Mass General Laws and alternative formulas for determining property assessments on various types of property.  Familiarity with real estate styles, materials and methods on construction. Knowledge of mapping procedures.


Abilities: Ability to deal with the disgruntled members of the public in a diplomatic and efficient manner; ability to organize time and work independently as well as to maintain detailed and accurate information; ability to interpret and apply various real estate styles, tax and appraisal


laws and techniques in an impartial manner. Ability to use computerized mass appraisal software systems.


Skill: Proficient organizational skills; excellent data processing skills including use of personal computers and office software including word processing, database management and computer mass appraisal systems and spreadsheet applications.  Proficient oral and written communication skills.


Physical and Mental Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.


Physical Demands: Work requires some agility and physical strength, such as moving in or about construction sites or over rough terrain when conducting field inspections, or standing or walking most of the work period. Occasionally, the employee is required to lift department office equipment and supplies.


Motor Skills:  Duties may involve assignments requiring the application of hand and eye coordination with finger dexterity and motor coordination in order to stretch, reach, or retrieve department materials. Examples include but are not limited to operating a motor vehicle or a personal computer.


Visual Demands:  Visual demands require the employee to routinely read documents for general understanding and to read documents and non-written materials (e.g. maps, blueprints) for analytical purposes; the employee is rarely required to determine color differences.


11/2/20 Town of Otis



The Town of Otis seeks applicants for a full-time laborer/equipment operator position with the Highway Department. CDL Class B, with 2B hoisting license preferred.  A full job description and application are available on our website at or by contacting the Administrator’s Office.

Please submit an employment application to the Town of Otis, ATTN: Town Administrator, P.O. Box 237, 1 North Main Road, Otis, MA  01253.  For more information contact the Highway Superintendent at (413) 269-0106.  Position will remain open until filled.



Position Title: Laborer/Equipment Operator Grade Level: III
Department Highway Date:
Reports to: Highway Superintendent FLSA Status Non-Exempt


Statement of Duties:  The employee is responsible for the provision of skilled and un-skilled manual and non-manual labor including but not limited to digging ditches, patching streets, building and ground maintenance and the overall completion of Public Works department projects.  The employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.

 Supervision Required: The employee works under the general supervision of the Highway Superintendent. The employee is familiar with the work routine and uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently with specific instruction.  The supervisor provides additional, specific instruction for new, difficult or unusual assignments, including suggested work methods.  The employee is expected to recognize instances which are out of the ordinary and which do not fall within existing instructions; the employee is then expected to seek advice and further instructions.  Reviews and checks of the employee’s work are applied to an extent sufficient to keep the supervisor aware of progress, and to insure that completed work and methods used are technically accurate and that instructions are being followed.

Supervisory Responsibility:  The employee is not responsible for the regular supervision of other Town employees.

Confidentiality:  In accordance with the State Public Records law, the employee does not have regular access to confidential information.

Accountability:  Consequences of errors or poor judgment may include missed deadlines, adverse public relations, labor/material costs, jeopardize programs, personal injury, and/or danger to public safety.

Judgment:  Numerous standardized practices, procedures, or general instructions govern the work and in some cases, may require additional interpretation.  Judgment is needed to locate, select and apply the most pertinent practice, procedure, regulation or guideline.

Complexity:  The work consists of a variety of duties which generally follow standardized practices, procedures, regulations or guidelines.  The sequence of work and/or the procedures followed vary according to the nature of the transaction and/or the information involved, or sought, in a particular situation.

Work Environment:  The nature of duties may involve continuous presence of unpleasant or irritating elements, such as considerable noise, odors, chemical fumes, traffic, dust, smoke, heat, cold, oil, dirt or grease.  Work is continually performed outdoors, regardless of weather conditions.  May be required to be on call for 24/7 basis, 365 days per year.

Nature and Purpose of Public Contact:  Relationships are primarily with co-workers incidental to the purpose of the work involving giving and receiving factual information about the work.  Ordinary courtesy and tact is required.  Contacts with the public may be required on an occasional basis.

Occupational Risk:  Essential functions regularly present potential risk of injury to the employee that could result in loss of time from work, permanent disability, or loss of life.  Examples of personal injury include burns from chemicals or fire, severe muscular strains from working with heavy material or department equipment.  Special safety precautions, training, or protective clothing such as gowns, coats, gloves, glasses, hard hats, or safety boots is required.

 Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  1. Performs a variety of skilled and non-skilled manual work as assigned to repair and maintain municipal roadways, facilities and infrastructures. Duties include, but are not limited to:  carpentry, snow plowing and sanding, patching roads, cleaning catch basins, preparing and maintaining sports fields, and removing debris.  Performs manual labor incidental to the work of operating assigned department equipment.
  2. Operates a variety of light and heavy motor equipment, including but not limited to: dump trucks, sanders, snow plows, bulldozer, compactor, front-end loader, and backhoe.  Services and maintains trucks and equipment.
  3. Operates and maintains a variety of power and hand tools including but not limited to jackhammer, chipper, and chainsaw.
  4. Performs highway construction and maintenance projects including building, repairing, and patching streets, drainage ditches, sidewalks, repairing and cleaning catch basins, repairing guard rails, building fences and signs; trimming and mowing grass, removal of trees and shrubs as well as the installation and maintenance of road signs.
  5. Assists with beaver trapping, concrete work and the maintenance of buildings.
  6. Participates in department’s snow and ice removal operations.
  7. Attends training seminars regarding the safe and proper use of department equipment and vehicles.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:  Must have a High School diploma or equivalent, and three to five (3-5) years of experience in vehicle and equipment operation as used in the maintenance and repair of municipal roadways; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements:  A candidate for this position must have a valid Class B Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License with a 2B hoisting license. Ability to obtain certification as Roadway Flagger. The employee may be required to participate in the Town’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

 Knowledge:  Working knowledge of the safe and effective operation of Highway Department equipment, machinery, vehicles, hand and power tools; working knowledge of department safety practices regarding the use of department vehicles and equipment.

Abilities:  Ability to follow written and oral directions in a safe and timely manner; ability to pay careful attention to details, and to perform physically demanding work under extreme or adverse weather conditions for long periods of time.  Ability to interact effectively with co-workers.  Ability to recognize unsafe working conditions to ensure that appropriate safety precautions are taken to ensure personal safety.

Skills: Proficient fine motor and mechanical skills required to operate department hand and power tools and equipment used to carry out the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner. Proficient oral communication skill.

Physical and Mental Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

 Physical Demands: Work requires moderate intermittent physical strength and effort daily, such as lifting, pulling, pushing, standing or walking for extended periods of time often under adverse weather conditions.  A great deal of physical effort must be exerted at this level.  Travel, particularly during adverse weather conditions and troublesome road conditions required.

 Motor Skills: Essential functions involve close hand and eye coordination and physical dexterity.  Manipulation and motor control under conditions which may require extreme accuracy may be critical.  The manual skills required are comparable to those which might be needed to operate  highway department hand and power equipment and vehicles.

 Visual Demands:  The employee is routinely required to read documents for general understanding and rarely for analytical purposes or to determine color differences.